Oh boy. This is going to be a long first half of the season for the Los Angeles Lakers. They lost in Portland, making it the tenth straight loss of the 2012-2013 season.
There are a few crucial aspects missing from the Lakers. One is health. Kobe Bryant missed the last half of preseason with a foot injury, Dwight Howard missed the first half of preseason while he was rehabing his back, and then Nash went down, barely playing in the second half of game two.
The biggest worry all this season will be whether or not the Lakers can stay healthy. Looking at his record the last few seasons, Kobe Bryant will likely miss a few games, as will the others, except for maybe Howard.
It's important to remember, though, that the Lakers have only played with this starting core for a very short time and it will take a little while to build chemistry. Steve Nash is a very quick and effective point guard, whereas players like Kobe are used to guys like Steve Blake.
Blake's playing time is another wonder. Tonight, he had to take over for Nash, but in general, a person has to wonder why a younger guy like Morris isn't getting much PT. Blake is slow and shows little creativity and enthusiasm.
Their defense also needs a lot of work. That's about all you can say on that topic. It needs a ton of work, which is supposedly Coach Mike Brown's forte.
Laker fans don't need to worry just yet. There's a lot of basketball to play, and even the Heat took awhile to mesh their first year, but they still went to the Finals.